Financial Risk Management for Specialty Crop Producers was developed to provide an in-depth exploration of maintaining, refining, and growing a farm business. It is designed specifically for specialty crop producers with a few years of experience running a farm business, though the information is applicable to farmers at many stages of development. Written by experienced […]
Tips on Expansion from a Central Illinois Flower Farm By Maggie Taylor, Delight Flower Farm “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time,” says Desmond Tutu. While I’m not eating an elephant or even growing veggies, I am taking on a project that is seemingly huge, heavy, and overwhelming, so this metaphor […]
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Submitted by Irene Kaufman on Tue, 12/12/2017 – 9:58am Last weekend the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) hosted their New Farm U conference in Streator, Illinois. New Farmer U is a weekend long conference full of engaging speakers and networking opportunities for beginning farmers. The conference covered so many valuable topics, from financial […]
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Alisa DeMarco is the executive chef at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery in Champaign, IL. On a sunny day at the end of July 2015, we interviewed Alisa about the work she does to extend the season at the farm. The peach harvest was getting into full swing and pick-your-own customers had just left the […]